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    • edwink
    • By edwink 7th Jul 15, 4:07 PM
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    Keeping hens and ducks chat!! Hens & ducks names & how many eggs do you get per day
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    • 7th Jul 15, 4:07 PM
    Keeping hens and ducks chat!! Hens & ducks names & how many eggs do you get per day 7th Jul 15 at 4:07 PM
    As a hen and cockerel keeper myself I thought it would be interesting to ask what you name your hens and cockerels. And also ask how many eggs you are getting every day!! I know the egg laying changes when hens moult but just thought it would be interesting to see how many eggs you get. I have hens that are named Bluebell (typical name I think!!!), Muesli, cornflake and scarecrow plus some others. I am getting around 4 to 6 eggs a day at the moment!! Had a delicious egg salad for supper last night OMG it was lovely!!!

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    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 15th May 19, 5:14 PM
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    Ha, I'm a waffler too Edwink and love reading your waffle!

    Good to hear about your fence progress It:ll be up and ready for your new ladies in no time

    All good here. In the last 3 weeks I've been to Scotland, the far side of Yorkshire, and Denmark, been full of cold, and done a muddy adventure race thing (as well as normal work etc) so that's my excuse for not being round much

    Today our beaky pals have been out for about 4 hours this morning, but then had to go in their run while we went to the city for a few hours as we weren't sure what time we'd be back and won't rusk them still being out at dusk.

    We got back earlier than thought so they've had an hour out following me round with the rake and have now gone back in the run again (weren't too keen but I tempted them with blueberries )

    So all cheerful, just busy
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 15th May 19, 8:29 PM
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    Ha, I'm a waffler too Edwink and love reading your waffle!

    So all cheerful, just busy
    Originally posted by Cheery Daff
    Aww glad you like my waffle Cheery, thank you how sweet and I like yours too. Not many wafflers on here at the moment as its been so quiet lately. Mind you threads do that from time to time and then they get back up to speed when someone has something to post about. So I don't mind if it's quiet I'll just waffle on to myself. (is there such a word as wafflers I wonder?)

    Wow you have been busy with all your travelling about where do you get all your energy from?. I am glad you are still Cheerful and your girls have found the treats in the pocket. Typical for hens to do that I know for sure because I would sit down with a pocket full and as soon as one of the hens noticed them they would almost attack me for them. Trying to get more treats out of your pocket is a nightmare with a couple of hens heads poking about in there so you can't get your hand out.

    So Glad you chose in the end to get hens Cheery. You picked up the hen keep malarkey so quickly you really are a natural with them. (((HUGS)))

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    • edwink
    • By edwink 17th May 19, 12:22 PM
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    Great news
    The new fencing is starting on Monday....YAY!!

    We are relieved as is will mean more security for Pingu and Hoppy. Security is good anyway and the fences here are in good condition already but one long section on the boundary between our neighbours is trellis fencing. They put it up before we moved in because apparently there was a long hedge there originally and the previous owners of our property wouldn't pay to have the hedge taken down and a fence put in it's place. So to get round it the neighbours offered to pay for it all but in return they could choose the type of fencing, which they did. That fence is trellis style and although in good/fair condition and 70% covered in shrubs it is still see through in places. We have always wanted to change it and have taken the opportunity to approach our neighbours as they are moving and asked if we could change it, which they agreed we could, then they changed their mind and then agreed again. When we moved in apparently it had been in place only 2 years so knew that the neighbour would never agree to us changing it after all the money they had spent on it.

    Although the trellis fencing is on our boundary line we just felt it was so much more polite to approach them as they had paid for it originally but as they were moving we would have just changed I anyway but wanted so much to avoid any grief with them. Our girls safety is paramount to us and I've waited 10 years for the chance to change it. Luckily it is not the main fencing where all my girls and boys spent most of their time and where the pond plus all the fruit trees and bushes are but further away in the next section where I grow our veg and have greenhouses etc. They often spent time up there but they preferred their main area unless I was up there pottering with the veg etc which was daily.

    Also new greenhouse bases are being started on Monday too. So it looks like it's all systems go here now, finally

    The fox has damaged and loosened 2 large sections of the main fencing by constantly leaping over so those sections are having new posts put in. Hubby has secured them from both sides but there is only so much we can do and need the experts to do the rest. That section is being done first thankfully.

    First quote we got was 6.7K and these guys are charging just under 3K. What a difference in price eh?. We have seen evidence of their work as they put up new fencing for a neighbour so we went round to have a look at it when it was finished and they had done a good tidy job for a fair price. But, they are popular so we have had a bit of a wait to have it done, plus our neighbours changed their minds and said no we couldn't do it and then yes we could again. What a journey to get this far. To be honest we can't wait for Monday to arrive in case neighbours change their mind again. Fingers crossed everybody please

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    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 17th May 19, 1:00 PM
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    Excellent news edwink!

    Not much to report here. I had sandals on for the first time yesterday, and have painted my nails, so the ladies had a field day following and pecking my toes as I went back and forth pegging the washing out Beaky especially was most intrigued with my fingernails, and takes every opportunity to peck them

    Can't say I'm impressed (also can't believe I've not had painted fingernails since we got them in September )
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 17th May 19, 8:52 PM
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    Excellent news edwink!
    Not much to report here. I had sandals on for the first time yesterday, and have painted my nails, so the ladies had a field day following and pecking my toes as I went back and forth pegging the washing out Beaky especially was most intrigued with my fingernails, and takes every opportunity to peck them
    Can't say I'm impressed (also can't believe I've not had painted fingernails since we got them in September )
    Originally posted by Cheery Daff

    Thanks Cheery yes it is excellent news about the fencing. Think I will sleep better when it is all done and we have added the extra netting above. It's so time consuming getting the netting up as not worth doing half a job so we are pulling it as tight as possible from fence post to fence post. If we do that we will be able to see clearly if anything has tried to jump through it or budge it in any way plus see clearly any rips or tears in it or any fox fur.

    Ok so now to your finger & toe nails. Are they red? or any colour close to red? Because they will try to peck them if they are and it will hurt your toes if they do, not to mention your finger nails but especially your toes. They will peck anything that is red Cheery or anything close to that colour. That's why if one of them has a sore that is red or shows any blood the others will peck at it and not leave it alone and make it even worse. So the anti septic I mentioned that is purple needs to be dabbed on any sores they have so the others won't peck it. Or if they are moulting and have spent time in the sun and their skin look a little red you can dab some on that too to stop the pecking. Imagine getting a bit of sunburn and then them pecking it, OUCH!! Plus it is great at healing any sores they have. If you cut yourself whilst outside don't let the hens see it otherwise they will peck at any sore you have too. You will need to put a plaster on it until the redness has got down as I have learnt over the years. I once had a graze on my hand many years ago and learnt my lesson then. I was offering them some treats and one of them pecked the graze even though it wasn't too red and was healing nicely. But, blimey did it hurt OMG it was so painful. God only knows what it is like when they peck each other at times. Painful or what.

    You will need to wear pink nail polish in future Cheery and definitely no red Sorry about that

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    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 18th May 19, 12:26 AM
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    Sadly my nails are dark blue edwink - the little feathery menaces were just trying their luck in case my toes were a new type of treat
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 18th May 19, 1:26 AM
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    Sadly my nails are dark blue edwink - the little feathery menaces were just trying their luck in case my toes were a new type of treat
    Originally posted by Cheery Daff
    Wow that does surprise me that they are pecking at them if they are dark blue. Normally they peck at red or gold. They used to go for my wedding ring quite often.

    What am I doing up at this unearthly hour again? Not sleeping too well as constantly listening out for the fox with back windows of the house open. Hubby last went up there at just after midnight. The fox can't get in to the coop as the wire is cemented in to the ground but knowing this still doesn't help me sleep at the moment. Will be much happier with new fences up and the netting all done. Probably be all done within 2 weeks if we get moving once the fencing guys have finished. At the moment I'm just getting frustrated with the blooming pest leaping over 6ft fences with shrubs and trees each side higher than the fences. He has made 2 large holes in a row of Laurel now and even that has a fence behind it.

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    • edwink
    • By edwink 20th May 19, 11:24 PM
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    First lot of new fencing was put up today I feel relieved already and they have only just started on it. Looks nice and sturdy which is obviously what we need and wanted. The height will take a bit of getting used to but we don't mind as it's security for Pingu and Hoppy. Our ground is lower than where this fencing is actually sitting so it is actually around 7ft high as we look at it but 6ft6 from the other side, if that makes sense. So glad the guys are here working on it now as we will worry less hopefully. I've had so many sleepless nights waiting for this to be done.

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    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 21st May 19, 6:14 AM
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    Excellent news edwink! such a relief for you (and Pingu and Hoppy of course!)

    May ladies had to suffer the indignity of being left shut in their run yesterday morning for half an hour while I was in the garden. They complained rather a lot as they could see me but couldn't get to me

    I had to do a bit of scything, and having stood in the garden with a scythe in their presence I know that they will follow it (as they do with any garden tool) and with a scythe that will both significantly impede my progress and be a VERY significant health hazard for them

    I did try explaining that it was for their own good, and that if I thought they could behave then I would let them out... But they weren't listening

    Quite a bit more scything to be done but it's best early in the morning anyway when the grass is damp, and it's much easier to just leave them in the run til I'm done than it is to try to put them back in once they've been let out

    Pesky creatures
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 21st May 19, 8:06 AM
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    May ladies had to suffer the indignity of being left shut in their run yesterday morning for half an hour while I was in the garden. They complained rather a lot as they could see me but couldn't get to me

    I did try explaining that it was for their own good, and that if I thought they could behave then I would let them out... But they weren't listening

    Quite a bit more scything to be done but it's best early in the morning anyway when the grass is damp, and it's much easier to just leave them in the run til I'm done than it is to try to put them back in once they've been let out

    Pesky creatures
    Originally posted by Cheery Daff

    Ha Ha Ha
    You love them Cheery I always have a giggle when you call them pesky creatures. I'm afraid that when I encouraged you to adopt some rescue feathered friends I clearly forgot to tell you how friendly they would actually be not to mention a complete and utter pain in the bottom and how pesky they would be when you are outdoors trying to get all and sundry done

    They are super little funny things as you have now found out. Doesn't it make you feel wanted and very popular when they come chasing after you everywhere you go?. I know it hinders your progress but they are your little helpers Cheery because they weed for you, keep your grass down, provide you with lots of compost and they keep you fit running down your fields of an evening trying to find them at bedtime

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    • Pyxis
    • By Pyxis 21st May 19, 5:36 PM
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    Ha Ha Ha
    You love them Cheery I always have a giggle when you call them pesky creatures. I'm afraid that when I encouraged you to adopt some rescue feathered friends I clearly forgot to tell you how friendly they would actually be not to mention a complete and utter pain in the bottom and how pesky they would be when you are outdoors trying to get all and sundry done

    They are super little funny things as you have now found out. Doesn't it make you feel wanted and very popular when they come chasing after you everywhere you go?. I know it hinders your progress but they are your little helpers Cheery because they weed for you, keep your grass down, provide you with lots of compost and they keep you fit running down your fields of an evening trying to find them at bedtime

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    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 22nd May 19, 10:13 PM
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    pyxis

    They certainly were critiquing today - we shut them back in the run cos we had to go out and have only just got back they were NOT impressed in fact I just went to shut the door on their little house and found one on the perch with her bottom defiantly facing the door as I looked in
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 23rd May 19, 2:33 AM
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    New fencing going really well here I am chuffed to say. Still not sleeping well though Still awake at silly-o-clock

    We are that pleased with it that we have asked them if they could replace the fences down by the house too. Swallowing up a bit of savings doing down here as well but it will be safer for Pingu and Hoppy because we have identified that this is one area where the fox is gaining entry. There are four areas down by the house and another a little further back that he/she was using to get in. All of those areas have very high netting now but higher fencing would be better in the long run so we have decided to take the plunge and get it done. Will still use netting over the top but not have so much of it on show. The fox has loosened two sections of fence to the left by repeatedly clambering over it. We have supported it but there is only so much we can do to secure it so changing the fencing altogether with larger fence posts will be money well spent and certainly makes sense.

    All this new fencing will give us peace of mind that we have done all we can to stop it coming in again, so will be worth it when it is all done. Still have a lot of netting to do backing on to the woods and around that area though but we are now waiting for it to be delivered so can't get started on that area yet.

    Getting there now, slowly

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    • edwink
    • By edwink 24th May 19, 9:02 AM
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    First lot of new fencing is complete. Looks good I must say and the height although not massively higher it is still higher than what it was originally. We installed the original fencing when we moved in 10 years ago so it still had a lot of life left in it but higher fencing definitely makes sense. There was nothing wrong with the old fencing, no gaps or holes or slats missing but it was just not as high as we are permitted to go. I was apprehensive of getting it changed as we didn't want gaps left in the fencing overnight but the fencers have temporarily closed up any gaps so Pingu and Hoppy would be safe at night.

    Pingu and Hoppy have enjoyed a lot of time out of the coop this week because there is a lot of movement people wise so the fox shouldn't attempt to climb over during the day. Pingu was nervous initially but I encouraged her to walk past the fencers and slowly but surely she was happy to walk around them, bless her. I had to do it several times first before she would follow me but we got there in the end. She is the cutest duck ever and the fencers are really fascinated by her.

    I opened the coop door and encouraged her to the entrance and she just stood there and poked her head out and went back in, it was so cute and funny. So we had another go and this time she stepped out but again when back in. It was so warming to see the fencers stop hammering and banging to wait for her to eventually fully come out and follow me to the pond. Yesterday she walked amongst them and followed me to the allotment area several times as we have started to get the bases ready in preparation to move the greenhouses. Now Pingu and Hoppy will happily swim in the pond and hardly take any notice of the men. They were nervous at the beginning of the week but they soon relaxed around them. Obviously our presence out there too helps them to relax around them.

    So all in all its been a good week here and the new fencing looks really nice and very secure. They have started the lower half by the house today and say that will be finished by end of next week at the latest.

    Will get some pics on here as have been taking some throughout the week. Not that fences are much to look at but all the talk of fences at least deserves so pics me thinks

    Thank you for your on going support by reading my posts everyone. It is so nice and heart warming that you are interested enough to pop on to our hen thread and thank me for my waffling fencing posts

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    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 24th May 19, 9:22 AM
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    That sounds adorable, Edwink! The fencers obviously think so too
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